After I saw that Tutsy Navarathna movie Narcissus won a prize on some machinima festival I did my best to watch it. Something I normally don’t do as I only watch my own stuff. But as he is a friend I decide to be a good girl. But it was so bad I even cannot put a link here as it would interfere with the good taste of my blog. Of course I congratulate my good friend Tutsy with his prize money for such a bullshit but his groupies didn’t like my opinions that much.
JayJay Zifanwe: Be a good girl SaveMe
SaveMe Oh: A good girl tells honest her opinion. I like some of his movies, this one I can’t watch. The awful reflections, the silly camera moves through vegetation and the pretentious links with mythology which should give it a “deeper” meaning are pure kitsch. You would also laugh when I was saying Donald Duck was one of the survivors of Noah’s Ark. And you would laugh even louder when I would have told you that ark once stranded on the roof of the UWA dick tower. Actually this all is too sad for words. It’s a disgrace.
Aino Baar: Tell me please SaveMe in clear what is the pretentious kitsch? And what is the disgrace? Maybe I can explain you better
Ricky Grove: Thank you, Aino. Tutsy is one of my favourite filmmakers. Anything he does is of interest to me.
Aino Baar: I agree with you Ricky Grove. I think Tutsy Navarathna has a knack for filming, a creative flair and an aesthetics linking the western and eastern philosophy in complete harmony developed with his great personality. He has created the “Tutsy” style and, as always happens, someone may be passionate about his films and others may be not. Because it will depend on personal feelings and tastes and criteria of each one, but all those who think one way and those who think another, must acknowledge Tutsi’s capacity generating his own artistic language made with art, intelligence, structured, with detail, coherent, with quality, recognizable and with a touch of mystery and an atmosphere of solitude. And all that in the world of art defines an excellent artist. By the way he is also an excellent person and a very good friend.
SaveMe Oh: It’s a disgrace for machinima this wins an award. But Ricky Grove says I shouldn’t discuss it.
Cat Shilova: I like Tutsy, too, but this machinima is far to be my favourite among his work. But I will tell him personally why, if he wants to, of course. *Winks to Tutsy*
SaveMe Oh: And to review it better I even tried to watch it a second time, something I almost never do with work that is not mine.
Aino Baar: SaveMe, I think that to win an award with a machinima in a machinima contest cannot be a disgrace, because is the normal thing that could happen. Referring to the mythological world, taking it as a narrative excuse in this case, it is not at all a banal and pretentious fact. In my opinion, what Tutsy qualifies very well is his intention to contextualize and update the classic model, transcending it.
SaveMe Oh: Taking a mythological world as inspiration for the narrative is not the crime, but to work it out in such an awful way is. I think his only intention was to show some tits without anybody calling it porn. When he wants to show again some tits in his movies he better ask me as mine have not those mythological and pretentious proportions.
Aino Baar: I think that only those who are extremely innocent or the opposite: those who are extremely evil can become aware of the nakedness of an avatar in this machinima. The physical attractiveness is not the subject but the issues affecting the “ME” and the problem of transmitting feelings of loneliness and desolation. The paradox of complying with the model. I think the problem is not to show a nude in a film or machinima, but anyone thinking that this is something important. A Tutsy machinima with SaveMe Oh drops-suggestions? That would be worth seeing, definitely!
SaveMe Oh: After this machinima I definitely think I have to save him because more of this shit I can’t stand. He was so talented once.
Aino Baar: He was, he IS and he will be an extremely talented filmmaker, forever. Maybe with your suggestions he can do even more wonderful things, or to be more inspired, or to be himself definitely mad, who knows? )
SaveMe Oh: When people like you would not like every fart from people you think are good for business we could have a decent conversation about art.
Some seconds later I was kicked out of the machinima group on FB. Ricky Grove and Jayjay Zifanwe are not the type of people who like opinions.
Ricky Grove: Ah, no, I removed SaveMe Oh from the group because her comments are inappropriate and unreasonable. We welcome constructive criticism, but calling an award winner a “disgrace” is not helpful or informative in our machinima group. SaveMe Oh has a reputation for public threats and hostile remarks. She is certainly free to express her opinion on her own blog or website. But this kind of attention-getting behavior will not be tolerated either at the Expo or on the Machinima Expo group. Public threats are not tolerated End of story
Kandinsky Beaumont: All these persons, generally men, always saying “End of Story” after they decided something stupid. Don´t they know that the story will go on? And that they will be left behind in their little attitude-End of Story-capsule?
Cat Shilova: this sounds to me just like another God’s behavior…. To Mr Ricky Grove. : I rather have the feeling that SaveMe Oh simply expressed an opinion which was not yours. And therefore was banned for being not politically correct. To have a personal opinion is not hostile and not a threat. It’s just to have an opinion, and if this opinion happens to slip out of the consensus, it is still worth to be heard and respected. I like much of Tutsy’s machinimas, but I am not going to like a machinima just because it was made by – in this case Tutsy – or any other famous machinima makers. I confess and admit that I dont like this machinima either and it’s my right as well as SaveMe’s or anybody else. This is called freedom of opinion…. If there is something which I generally detest in sl as in rl is “awwww… if this famous guy made it, then it has to be excellent, whatever it is…”.
Rose Borchovski: Mr Ricky Grove childish behaviour sounds like the machinima police: using words like: ‘not tolerated’. Not tolerated by whom, if I may ask? A reputation is never a good enough reason to bann. It probably means that mr Grove is very scared off anyone who does not agree with him! And I’m pretty sure that Tutsy Navarathna does not need mr Ricky Grove policing. Tutsy’s love for and talent to create machinimas and his capability of seeing matters in perspective are never hurt or in danger by any criticism.
Bob Black: omg…i just sat through the entire 9 minutes Narcisse….ummmmm, that’s machinima making at its most challenging?…seriously??……i hope it gets more interesting that all that faux-mythological rot and the dude need’s an editor for his voice-over text….dude, should study or at least take a look at derek jarman, who did a lot more about sexuality and transformation and mythology and had a sense of humor…..my vote goes with saverina on this one….much more interesting contemporary take on Tiresias, in Modern England, without the pitiful ‘perfect’ looking avatars.
BTW: This picture of me Tutsy has on his wall in Poncycherry, that must say enough!